Mobile Food Pantry

Mobile Food Pantry

Mobile Food Pantry is coming!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, Mobile Food Pantry delivers healthy food (meat, produce, and non-perishable items) to people in need.  No identification or information will be required or collected.  This event is open to anyone in need of food!

Mobile Pantries use a ‘drive-thru” method to distribute food during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle.  Please help protect our volunteers by wearing your mask during these events.

Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs

October 2021 Mission

Blessed,Broken & Sent: A Time of Spiritual Awakening

Answer the call to reality living with Mike Patin

October 4, 5, 6, 2021 @ 7pm

Often it is difficult to see how our faith intersects or connects with the busy, hectic lives we lead in the “real” world. This experience will help people of all ages laugh, reflect, and re-commit to a real, active, Catholic faith that fits our everyday lives.

Night One: Broken

Real life has moments of sorrow and pain—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. We’ll discuss brokenness as we experience it. It is important for us to know, name and share our brokenness with Jesus, who accompanies us and wants to know our brokenness and joins our brokenness to his.

• Night Two: Blessed

In our brokenness, Jesus shows up, often in unrecognizable form. He comes to walk alongside, to enlighten, and to feed those who follow him.  He invites us to receive blessing by being in communion with him.

• Night Three: Shared and Sent

Jesus invites those who commune with him to share the Good News and sends us out to families, schools, work and the larger world to be witnesses of what we have seen, felt and received. We who are blessed and broken are called to share the blessing we have received in Christ.

Mike Patin is a husband, dad, and popular Catholic speaker. He lives in Lafayette, LA. Mike describes himself as a “Faith Horticulturalist.” What does that mean? Well…for Mike it’s all about planting seeds and nurturing faith in a God who loves us and calls us by name. Mike uses energy, humor, and stories to affirm the goodness of God’s presence among us while inviting others, and himself, to take the next step in their faith journey. He has spoken in over 130 dioceses in the US and Canada with groups ranging from 10 to 23,000.

Make a Difference Day 2021

October 16, 2021

Help from where you feel most comfortable: inside or outside at SMI, in your own home, or elsewhere in the community. Projects are scheduled at various start times throughout the morning and afternoon.

Participate at your own pace with projects such as donations at the Donation Station or for Undy Sunday, a Knights of Columbus blood drive, making stress blankets, Feed My Starving Children and more! If the 16th doesn’t work, there’s also an opportunity to help with the Mobile Food Pantry in our parking lot on the Tuesday before, October 12th.

Get all the details including specific start/end times, any restrictions, special requests, and contact info for each project. Go online to sign up yourself and your family for a service project!


  • Dozens of meaningful, family-oriented service projects are offered here at SMI and all around the community.
  • It’s a great opportunity for everyone to come together in loving service and fellowship!

If you aren’t available on October 16, we are also once again incorporating Catholic Charities’ Undy Sunday into Make a Difference Day this year. Consider helping those in need in our community.  Click here for more information.

Schedule of events:

  • 9am – Daily Mass in the church
  • 9:30am – Volunteer Blessing in the church
  • 9:30am-3:45pm – Perform your service project at some point during the day
  • 4pm – Vigil Mass